Today's News

  • Motel A Mess, But Owners Vow To Rebuild

    As Paul Hill drove away from the motel he and his wife Leeann own just north of the Highway 34 / Interstate 29 interchange on the evening of March 16, he wasn’t concerned about rising Missouri River flood water.

    “We’ll be back in a few days, we won’t get wet,” Paul recalled thinking.

  • 'Rebuild or Abandon' - Flooded Businesses In Southwest Iowa Have A Decision To Make

    Business owners in Mills and Fremont counties directly impacted by the catastrophic Missouri River flooding will have a decision to make in the coming weeks and months.
    Do they rebuild or move on?

    “We know we have to make a decision if we’re going to rebuild or abandon,” Feed Energy Chairman Robert Riley said Saturday while touring flood damage in western Mills County with Iowa’s Third District U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne.

  • Pacific Junction Mayor Didn't Think He'd Ever See His Hometown Get Flooded By The Missouri River

    He’s seen his hometown saturated with water on many occasions, but Mayor Andy Young never thought he’d see the day Pacific Junction would succumb to flood water from the Missouri River.

  • Corps Of Engineers Taking Heat For River Management

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was the target of criticism at two meetings Friday as Mills County officials, business owners and farmers discussed the catastrophic flooding along the Missouri River in southwest Iowa.

  • Community Steps Up, Water Begins To Recede

    In a week of bad news that only seemed to trend toward worse with each passing day, the nearly 500 people forced from their homes due to historic flooding in western Mills County got some welcome news Friday.

    The flood waters that had steadily and devastatingly risen for more than a week had finally begun to recede.
    “The water is beginning to go down,” said Larry Hurst, Mills County Emergency Management Director.

  • Glenwood's Water Woes Show No End In Sight

    It’s been a little over a week since the water treatment plant south of Glenwood ceased operations due to rising flood waters.

    And just when the facility that supplies Glenwood and Pacific Junction with its water might re-open remains a mystery.

  • Flood Evacuees Trying To Make Due In Disaster

    Eldon Kammerer has lived in Pacific Junction for nearly five decades.

    He’s never seen anything like the flooding that overtook his Pacific Junction home and forced his sudden evacuation March 16.

    “The worst in history, they tell me,” Kammerer said.


    Dozens of families were forced from their homes, farmsteads were flooded and roads throughout Mills County and southwest Iowa were closed late last week and over the weekend as flood waters from the Missouri River ravaged western Mills and Fremont Counties. The historic late winter flood is being compared to the famous Easter flood of 1952.

    Mills County Emergency Management Director Larry Hurst said the impact area is considerably larger than the summer flood of 2011 - stretching from the stateline to the Loess Hills in many areas.

  • Judge Joel - Associate Editor Feeds Passion For Cinema As Omaha Film Festival Judge

    Joel Stevens’ love of cinema began at a young age – 4 to be exact.

    “My mom took me to see my first movie in 1977, “The Rescuers,” Stevens recalled. “She has a love for movies and passed that love down to me.”

    For Stevens, associate editor at The Opinion-Tribune, watching movies is more than a pastime – it’s a passion that led to his invitation nearly a decade ago to join the panel of judges for the annual Omaha Film Festival.

  • City Council Serves Setback To Pickleball Project

    Members of the Southwest Iowa Pickleball Committee voiced disappointment and frustration last week after the Glenwood City Council failed to pass a motion calling for the city to contribute $10,000 toward a project that would turn the city’s dilapidated tennis courts on South Vine Street into a six-court pickleball complex.